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Skara Brae

Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 1856 841815
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The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. Visitors can experience a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone beds, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.
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Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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"replica house"
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"neolithic village"
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"actual site"
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"short film"
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"beautiful beach"
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"lived years ago"
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"old village"
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"visitor center"
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"nice cafe"
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"well worth a visit"
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"scones"
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"step back in time"
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"mind blowing"
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"visiting orkney"
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"fascinating place"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very well organized, easy public transportation to get here. Great views, good signage to understand the history. Also includes the Skaill House, 1600s manor house.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent some time here , the information provided was very interesting and the full size replica showed how the houses must have been. The time tiles starting with man on the moon going back to the village really showed how old the site was. The...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good information around the site and well presented artifacts. The site itself was worth the visit with many interesting detail.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It is good to see the relics of our ancestors. Excavations are still underway nearby as we learn more about who these people were. Well worth a visit, and nice beach nearby.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The conservation is excellent, and the recontruction at the start of the trail help understand perfectly what one sees at the ruins themselves. A lovely experience.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bit of a classic, but we weren’t disappointed. Lovely location on the edge of the beach. The reconstruction was helpful to envisage life all that time ago. Fruit scone was lovely, but more importantly, the staff were helpful and friendly. Everyone happy to chat and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although you have to pay to visit Skara Brae it is well worth a visit. You can view a short film before actually going to the site. The walk down to the Neolithic village is marked with time signs so you go back through the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of a ten day bus tour of Scotland, we spent about a two hours here with a local guide. Was not enough time to see everything. If you like history, you'll enjoy this site. A model Neolithic house is available to go in....More

1  Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What happened 4500 years ago? Why was this place abandoned? Fine little museum with some interactive displays.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cannot visit Orkney without a trip out to the oldest Neolithic village in Europe. Travel 5,000 years back in time, and view the remains of the sophisticated technology used by the earliest settlers in Scotland. The surrounding scenery is beautiful too.

2  Thank Paula E
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Beachsidegirl
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Response from Elizabeth B | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to hire a cab if you don't want to rent a car... there's probably tours from Kirkwall...
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Ellen C
10 February 2018|
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Response from IanGBradford | Reviewed this property |
An hour or so- but we were on a tour! At least 2 hours would be better....
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Response from Loves2TravelALOT_11 | Reviewed this property |
I think she can make it if you get a wheelchair and push her. The visitor center is alright but nothing like seeing the actual thing. Spectacular! If you can get a wheelchair and push her, the path is doable, just a bit... More
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